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In June 1990 a flash flood near Shadyside Ohio killed 26 people. As a result the Ohio General Assembly directed the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) to develop a flood warning system in selected counties and to make recommendations about expanding the system to other areas of the state. The original funding provided for the computer hardware and software to operate the monitoring system and the hardware for the remote sensing gauges. The result of this initiative is the State of Ohio Rain/Snow Monitoring System (STORMS).
The Communications Branch installs and maintains the State of Ohio Rain/Snow Monitoring System (STORMS) program, which provides real time precipitation data to the National Weather Service and to local governments for flood forecasting. The STORMS system has 416 precipitation and 75 river stage gauges reporting into the system. These gauges are located in 65 Ohio counties.
NOAA's mission is to protect life and property, and enhance the United States’ economy. NOAA's National Weather Service is the sole official voice of the U.S. Government for issuing warnings during life-threatening weather situations.
The National Weather Service provides local and regional forecasts, and emergency alerts for severe storms , tornadoes , hurricanes , floods , extreme heat , winter storms , fire threats , tsunamis and solar flares. From its national centers to its 122 Weather Forecast Offices and 13 River Forecast Centers.
EMA technicians maintain 17 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio (NWR) warning system transmitters around the state. The NWR system has the capability to reach 97 percent of the population. The system consists of 19 in-state transmitter sites and seven out-of-state sites which provide coverage to Ohio. Additional information on how you receive vital weather information from the NWR system can found at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.
In compliance with FCC rules and regulations, the state of Ohio has established the State of Ohio Emergency Alert Plan for the distribution of emergency information, instructions and warnings to the citizens of Ohio. Ohio’s EAS plan was prepared by members of the State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) in cooperation with the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS).